Thursday, November 29, 2007

You Were So Close, Tubby!

Five more minutes in Lexington? I think I'd rather leave now.

Earlier this week, Orlando "Tubby" Smith came thisclose to being the first coach in college basketball history to lose two games on the same night for two different teams.

On Tuesday night, Tubby's current team, the Minnesota Gophers, lost to the Florida State 75-61 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Simultaneously, Tubby's former team, the Kentucky Wildcats, survived a scare from lowly Stony Brook, edging past the pesky Seahawks 62-52 at Rupp Arena.

You see, it's all Tubby's fault that UK is a mess right now. Through his lack of recruiting and inability to win consistently over his ten years in Lexington, Tubby almost single-handedly destroyed the once-storied legacy of Kentucky basketball.

Earlier this year, it was "Tubby's Fault!" the Cats lost to Gardner Webb. Saturday, it most likely will be "Tubby's Fault!" if the UNC Tarheels crush UK, as expected.

Shockingly, new UK coach Billy Gillispie has come under relatively little scrutiny for a man in his position. Some might view this as the fans just enjoying their honeymoon with him - but that wouldn't be right, because far too many of them are still kicking and screaming about a good man and coach who they ran out of town.

So while Tubby missed out on the all too rare daily losing double in college basketball this week, we're sure his former team with give him many more chances at accomplishing that feat this season.


Jarrett Carter said...

To me, that points to a sign that Kentucky isn't paying players like they used to, which is the boosters' faults.

Taylor said...

I understand the humor in this post, but Joe Torre got run out on rails from NY after winning how many World Series? I'm sorry that none of Tubby Smith's recruits panned out in the last 4 years, but if he had continued to coach at UK it would have gotten worse. There is too much parity in College Basketball for UK to accept bad recruiting, even if Tubby Smith was the best person in the world, it was time for him to step down. It's not raving, it's logic. New York Yankee's logic, but logic nontheless